I’m a huge fan of Rose Champagne and have tasted several of the top grower and big house Champagnes, including the Krug 21st edition and 2008 Roederer Cristal. I did not expect the Piper Heidsieck to be in this elite league. I was given a sample of the Piper Heidsieck Rare rose this week and expected it blew my mind! Regis Camus cellar master in charge of the Piper Heidsieck Rare program hit a grand slam with this vintage. It reminds me of a great symphony where all the instruments, when played together, are better than anyone by itself. The elegance, refinement, and balance of this Champagne are otherworldly. With uncanny minerality and a long persistent finish. We know it’s not a cheap date, but if I could only drink one bottle for the rest of my life, it could very well be this Champagne. The 2008 Piper Heidsieck Rose ‘Rare is a blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot noir selected from their best vineyard sites and grapes. The beauty of this Champagne is that it can pair with an incredibly vast array of food. The suggested pairing would include sushi (bluefin, Toro), Shrimp risotto, lobster rolls, fowl, lamb chops, and even lean beef. If you are looking for a special bottle for a special occasion or a great bottle to celebrate after we get through the COVID 19 crap, this one gets our highest recommendation, and the tasting notes from the Wine Spectator and Decanter are both right on!